Dear colleagues:We had a powerful, generative and provocative conversation with Professor Power-Carter for 47 minutes. In the Q & A session in the last 3 minutes, we were rudely zoom-bombed despite precautions. We apologized to Professor Power-Carter for the rude interruption. As her message below reflects, we are not diminished by the interruption but only strengthened to continue to move forward.Faridah Pawan & Michelle Benegas
Message to TESOL Community from Dr. Stephanie Power-Carter
As the speaker of the TESOL event today, I am very disheartened that our conversation on Languaging Blackness was zoom bombed. It was saddening to know that such a much needed and generative conversation-- across cultural landscapes was disrupted by the ignorance of someone expressing, "I hate white people." I don't condone hate toward any people. In the words Dr. Maya Angelou, I believe, "…We need love as we need water... We need each other as we need the earth we share." Such disruptions are hurtful and sobering but in the words of Dr. King, "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." I encourage you not to let this incident keep you from continuing and reflecting on our conversation. It is my hope that you will continue to engage in these critically- reflective conversations and do the tough work because I know that our students deserve it. Please do not allow ignorance to diminish our conversation; instead focus on how we, with all of our knowledge and resources can continue to grow and be strengthened by it. It is in the spirit of this strength and unity that I hope our knowledge and wisdom can ripple out to our classrooms, schools, and educational community spaces to ensure that teaching and learning is inclusively equitable and just. Unfortunately, in some communities, our students' lives depend on it.
Dr. Stephanie Power-Carter